Quotation by for the State of Massachusetts

If it is no exaggeration to say that Deerfield is not so much a town as the ghost of a town, its dimness almost transparent, its quiet almost a cessation, it is essential to add that it is probably quite the most beautiful ghost of its kind, and with the deepest poetic and historic significance to be found in America.... It is, and will probably always remain, the perfect and beautiful statement of the tragic and creative moment when one civilization is destroyed by another. And the wonderful ghostliness of this mile-long 'Street' of grave and ancient houses, the strange air of unreality which hangs over it, arises precisely from the fact that the little town is really saying two things at once. It is saying, 'I dared to be beautiful, even in the shadow of the wilderness'; but it is also saying, 'And the wilderness haunts me, the ghosts of a slain race are in my doorways and clapboards, like a kind of death.'
For the State of Massachusetts, U.S. public relief program (1935-1943). Massachusetts: A Guide to Its Places and People (The WPA Guide to Massachusetts), p. 223, Houghton Mifflin (1937).

describing the Western Massachusetts town that was the site of 17th-century white-Indian struggles. Although the Guides were published without individual attributions, it is generally known that the writer here was Conrad Aiken.
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